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Inspired by big dreams, big let downs and authentic conversations with some of North America's most successful dancers; the Dance Podcast is a series of interviews designed to inspire, share and connect dancers pursuing a career in the industry.
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Dec 27, 2017

Co-Founder of an internationally acclaimed Jazz company (DJD) and University Professor of Dance, Michele Moss is a lover of all the world of dance. How do you build a successful dance company? How do you mentor young dancers from university into a career? What can we do for our bodies to create longevity? We cover it all. And talk about career envy! Michele has conducted ethnographic research in field sites such as Italy, Jamaica, Poland, India, Japan, Sénégal and The Gambia, West Africa as well as New York City, New Orleans, Winnipeg, Toronto, Victoria, Paris and Monréal to name a few locales. Her most significant ethnographic field sites are Guinée, West Africa and Cuba. Her professional training has her seek out many experiences including swing, salsa, house dance as well as educational and current training practices to enhance her studio practice. Her research mostly takes the form of creation projects but also includes textual projects, recently co-authoring chapters, with Dr. Jill Crosby, on the history of jazz in a Feb 2014 publication from the University Press of Florida called Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches. She greatly enjoys her U of C teaching assignments and finds the studio a vibrant place to be.

Dec 20, 2017

The question asked was "What has surprised you most about Adulthood?". Lauren shares and reflects on navigating this dance career while we all find our feet as Adults! 

Dec 13, 2017
He is the man with the answers! Well, him and the 100 esteemed working professionals that he interviewed while creating the book "The Business of Show".  This book is dedicated to every dancer with a dream of pursuing a career and gives countless tips, advice and things to consider when becoming a pro. Adam Cates is a theatre, opera, & event choreographer and director, as well as educator & freelance writer residing in New York City. We talk about treating yourself as a business, typecasting (because it's a real thing), the "bold" decision he made that opened up his career, and he shares the intimate experience of what was happening the moment he felt like he truly made it.  He was the associate choreographer of both the current Broadway hit ANASTASIA & the Tony-winning "Best Musical" A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER. he teaches at BDC and steps, and is co-wrote and choreographed THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY. I can't think of a better person to get the truest, most authentic answers from. 
 
 
More on Adam: On Broadway, Cates is the associate choreographer for the new musical Anastasia. His professional credits include the Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Anything Goes, national tours, network television series, grand and chamber operas, symphony concerts at Lincoln Center, off-Broadway plays, casino and cruise line entertainment
 
More on The Business of Show: The Business of Show: A Guide to the Entertainment Business for the Performing Artist contains vital information for the career-driven performer navigating a career in today's entertainment industry. More than 100 successful actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, artistic directors, producers, agents, and casting directors contribute current insightful facts on a wealth of topics--marketing, networking, type, strategy, auditions, education, social media, rejection, contract negotiations, rehearsal protocol, understudies, unions, agents, tax deductions, professional conduct, survival jobs, career transition, and much more--made accessible through humor, real stories, and to-the-point advice. With a fresh and honest focus, The Business of Show guides the reader down the path of pursuing dreams equipped with a comprehensive understanding of how show business actually works.
Dec 6, 2017
You are your own business- are communicating that way?! Lauren breaks down helpful hints that can make or break getting a job. We can’t rely on our dancing to get us the work- from email intentions to tone- let’s put our best foot forward with electronic communication! 
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